By Ruba Aleryani
Many people throughout the world celebrated the achievement of the Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tawakkol Karman. What many people do not know is that at least 17 other Yemenis have also won notable regional and international awards in the past two years. These awards range from Genius of the Year award, to Arab Youth Excellence Award.
The list below shows the significant achievement by Yemenis in various fields of science, art, journalism, literature, business, human rights and poetry. It is worth noting that nine out of these 17 award recipients are women.
Yemenis hope to be remembered by these representatives, not by the militants who have dominated the news.
List by chronological order:
Akram Saleh Al-Otumi: Recipient the 2011 Sagewood Group Award for Entrepreneurship, by Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, for his outstanding business plan, his innovative idea and for his exceptional entrepreneurial spirit.
Khaled Al-Hammadi: Recipient of the CJFE 2011 International Press Freedom Award for his work as a journalist with an impartial and objective perspective.
Dr. Akram Al-Omainey: Recipient of the 2012 British Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award for young scientists and engineers for his theory on the invisibility of objects.
Ebrahim Al-Sharif: Recipient of the 2011 Arab Youth Excellence Award in Egypt for photography and graphic design, and second prize in the Al-Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmed International Award for Charity Work in 2011.
The Society for Humanitarian Solidarity of Yemen: A Yemeni group that received the 2011 Nansen Refugee Award, a $100,000 cash prize that is awarded by the Office of the UNHCR. The group was honored for their humanitarian efforts in saving thousands of refugees that arrive on the coasts of Yemen from the Horn of Africa.
Najeeb Al-Mukbeli: Ranked first place in the 2011 Gulf Star signing competition, making him the second Yemeni, after Fuad Abdulwahid, to win the prestigious singing competition.
Arwa Othman: Recipient of the 8th international Minerva Anna Maria Mammoliti prize awarded by the Il Club delle Donne association of Italy. The award is given to those that work in various fields, including scientific research and the arts.
Dr. Hilal Lashuel: A neuroscience researcher named by the World Economic Forum as one of 2012 Young Global Leader. This award recognizes people “for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world”.
Shatha Al-Harazi: Recipient of the 2012 Global Trailblazer Award by Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards for her work as a human rights activist.
Wafa Al-Rimi, Amani Al-Qershi and Yusra Rashid (and others): Ranked first place in a competition for young entrepreneurs in Qatar in November 2012 for their idea to create an umbrella that is equipped with a solar panel and a light bulb.
Zahra Al-Harazi: Recipient of the 2011 Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Chatelaine and Most powerful Woman in Canada by Women Executive Network (WXN). More recently in 2013, she was also honored as RBC’s top 25 Canadian Immigrants.
Bushra Al-Maqtari: Recipient of the 2013 Françoise Giroud Peace and Global Understanding Prize, an essay prize award for writings that encourage “tolerance and cooperation.” She also received the POMED Leaders for Democracy Award in May 2013.
Manahel Thabet: Only Arab with a PhD in Financial Engineering. She is also one of few women in the Middle East who entered the field of Quantum Mathematics. She has received many international awards. In 2013, she received the Genius of the Year award 2013 by the World Genius Directory for her work leading to a ground-breaking formula in quantum mathematics.
Abdulaziz Al-Maqaleh: A prominent Yemeni poet who has received countless awards. In 2013, he was named the Winner of the Cairo International Poetry Encounter.
Huda Omar Basalem: A Yemeni scientist who received the first Elsevier Foundation Award of 2013 for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for her efforts against cancer.
Nadia Al-Saqqaf: Recipient of the 2013 Business for Peace Award by the Business for Peace Foundation for her efforts as an inspiring business leader.
Nouria Nagi: Honored as the Officer of British Empire in 2013 for her charitable work involving both women and children in Yemen. She is the first Arab to receive this honor.
Ruba Aleryani is a Yemeni student concentrating in Development Studies at Brown University in the US. She is an aspiring writer, photographer, and filmmaker.Français
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